In a pop-rock world of neon and auto-tune, it's not very often that a band has a clear vision for themselves, their music and what they represent. But Ivoryline isn't just any band.
Two years ago, the band out of Tyler, TX released their Tooth & Nail debut THERE CAME A LION (2008) which opened as one of the best-selling albums from a new band in the label's history. While it can be attributed to driving guitars and catchy choruses, the success of the band's first effort can also be traced back to the passion and integrity of the songs.
As their career developed, Ivoryline intended to expand on this sincerity. So when it came time to work on their sophomore album VESSELS, they started simply. "We just started writing," says vocalist Jeremy Gray. "We didn't really have a plan or agenda for the record. We just wrote what was on our hearts and hashed out the songs together. We had ample time to get the songs just the way we wanted and had a blast writing and recording the record. It really was one of the most exciting, joy-filled times of my life."
And that genuine excitement and joy the band has for their music comes through in the songs. Joined by Guitarist Dusty Kittle, Bassist Robert Woodward and Drummer Wesley Hart, Gray and Ivoryline began taking the band's sound to a new level. "With The Daylight" and "Hearts Open" harken to the heart of the band's catchy rock core while "Search Me Out" and "Instincts" take that sentiment and forge forward to plateaus like "Made From Dust" and "You Bring Fire," which are arguably the most ethereal and moody songs of the band's career.